GMU-TV Wins Three National Awards

Posted: January 14, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

George Mason’s television station, GMU-TV, took home three 2002 Communicator Awards from a field of more than 3,000 entries.

The awards are part of an international program founded by communications professionals to recognize excellence in the communication field. They serve to inform winners and their clients that the work they are producing is outstanding and highly regarded by their peers. All aspects of the production are judged, from content to production values, and all work is judged solely on its own quality, creativity, and resourcefulness.

The Communicator Crystal Award of Excellence was bestowed on Communication 102: Media Literacy, for being an entry whose ability to communicate puts it among the best in the field. The Communication 102 module, “Creating Media,” was directed and edited by Greg Smalfelt, written by Communication Department Chair Cindy Lont, hosted by Mason alumna Michelle Carolla, and videotaped by Steve Watson.

Geography 380: Geography of Virginia and GMU-TV’s talk show Mason Sidelines were honored with Awards of Distinction, presented for projects that exceed industry standards in quality and excellence. The geography module, “Virginia Journeys: Flushed” was produced by Charlie Grymes and Rich Eggleton, and directed by Susan Kehoe and Richard Wood; Heather Bailey created the graphics. Mason Sidelines is produced and directed by Wood, edited by Bailey, and hosted by Ron Sinacore, Mickey McDade, Maurice Scherrens, and Mike Tapscott.

“Everything GMU-TV produces serves as marketing for the university,” says Kehoe, director of the station. “Clearly our professional production staff, combined with the university’s outstanding faculty, is a winning combination that promotes the kind of positive image George Mason is known for.”

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